Review Date: February 28, 2000
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Susannah Grant
Producers: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
Even Aaron Eckhart, the only other significant player in the film, comes through as the boyfriend standing by his strong female companion as she takes on, what seems like, the world. And even though this film was a little foreseeable, I did find it refreshing to finally soak in a movie that focused more on the achievements of a woman, rather than that of men. So if only for that reason, check it out and "watch them women, hear them roar!". Of course, some of the roaring is also being handled by the flock of mini-skirts and push-em-up bras that Julia's character dons during this picture, but it is not as much of a focus as the film's trailer makes it out to be (Them marketing folks is smart!). So does the movie present the viewer with a lot of conflict, obstacles or tension? Not really. I was barely ever anxious to see what would happen next and rarely felt as though things wouldn't work out for everyone involved, but then again, this film doesn't pretend to be a thriller. It's an interesting, small tale of a woman who never knew what she could be in life, until she actually went out and became it. It's pretty inspiring, it's got one of the most feel-good last scenes in a movie this year, and once again, features a couple of charming performances by two great actors at the top of their game.
If you love Julia Roberts, you will most likely enjoy this run-of-the-mill story, despite it running a little too long, and you will definitely come to further appreciate the broad talent of Mr. Albert Finney, who pulls off one of his finest performances in years. All in all, a decent "lawyer movie", which consciously avoids any long, boring courtroom scenes. Thank you for that, Mr. Soderbergh.